April 19, 2005
As much as any book on my reading list this year, I was looking forward to McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Volume 15. A fan of McSweeney's releases, this edition filled with the stories of Icelandic authors held special appeal for this fan of both Bjork and Sigur Ros. I was surprised (and a bit disappointed at first) that Icelandic works only make up about half of the book, but that feeling dissipated quickly as I dug through the stories. McSweeney's has always had an eye for quality short fiction, and this edition is no different. The Icelandic pieces are delightfully offbeat, and the faux Icelandic mini-tabloid (made up of real photos and articles from Icelandic magazines) is the perfect accompaniment to the book.
My next book is Kaori Ekuni's novel, Twinkle Twinkle.